Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation SPF 15 Review

Hello everyone,

This review will be on the foundation from Tarte’s new “Rainforest of the Sea” collection. I have also reviewed the concealer from this range earlier (Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer).  This review will be on the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in the shade “Light Medium Neutral.”
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

Product Description:
A lightweight, full-coverage hydrating foundation infused with Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea™ complex and non-chemical SPF 15 sunscreen.

What it is formulated to do:  Deliver the ultimate in hydration-boosting coverage with Tarte’s 12-hour water foundation. The concentrated, full-coverage fluid formula features 20 percent water to quench dry skin as it covers and masks any redness, dark spots, and uneven skin tone while softening the look of pores and fine lines. The custom dropper applicator delivers the perfect level of moisture-rich coverage in an array of shades to match any skin tone. Powered by Tarte’s antioxidant-packed Rainforest of the Sea™ complex and non-chemical SPF 15 sunscreen, the hypoallergenic formula helps restore, brighten, and defend skin from free radical damage and early signs of aging for a smooth, soft, radiant complexion.  It is formulated without parabens, phthalates.
Ingredients foundation


My Experience with Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation SPF 15:

Packaging:  I find the packaging of most of the items from this “Rainforest of the Sea” collection to be super cute. The foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle with a multi-color ombre effect on the cap and gold accents. This foundation has a dropper dispenser which I am not a huge fan of. I do prefer pump dispensers for my foundation.
Shade name

Texture, Consistency, Blendability:  This foundation as per claims has 20% water. It has a thin liquid consistency but it is not too watery or runny. The blendability is great. It blends out effortlessly, both with a flat top kabuki brush and a beauty sponge without ever being streaky or patchy. I do find using a brush gives me better coverage than a sponge since this is such a thin foundation that the sponge tends to absorb some of the product. The foundation does give you a decent amount of time to work with it before it sets.
Tarte foundation packaging

Coverage:  This foundation is very customizable based on your needs as it goes from a light to medium coverage (perfect for everyday wear) in one layer to a buildable medium-full (good enough to cover most imperfections like uneven skin tone and minor acne scars) with a second layer. It is very easy to build on itself and it meshes well with the existing layer without looking cakey. Even with a second layer, it does not feel heavy on the skin.
Foundation applicator

Finish:  This foundation sets to a demi-matte finish which is still glowy and luminous without being dewy. It catches the light in the most subtle way to make you look like you are glowing from within. I do use a very lightweight powder to set this foundation which helps improve the staying powder but doesn’t take away the luminosity.

Shade:  I have the shade “light-medium neutral” which does match my skin (MAC NW22-25), but does run a bit yellow. I find the shade range to be decent with variety of undertones.

Feel and look on the skin:  This foundation feels very lightweight. It lets my skin breathe while still providing a good amount of coverage without even feeling like it’s sitting like on it. It does not sink into my pores or fine lines even without a primer underneath.  It feels moderately hydrating without feeling tacky or greasy. It mildly clings onto my existing dry patches (which is a common thing with most foundations), but I did not find it accentuating them in an unflattering way. It left my skin comfortable throughout the wear and did not give rise to any new dry patches. This foundation made my skin look flawless in the most natural way possible.
Tarte foundation swatch

For dry skin, they may be able to use this foundation on its own without any powder, but for oily skin, you will need to set it and may also need a couple of touch-ups during the day, but I do think this foundation can work even for oily skin types.

Staying Power:  There is a very faint amount of shine peeking through by 6 hours but a little touch up takes care of that. Overall, it wears pretty strong without much fading through my 8-9 hours long day. My skin still looks fresh by the end of the day, which is impressive.

Fragrance:  Unlike the concealer counterpart of this foundation, which has a bad off-putting scent, this foundation only has a very faint makeup-like scent, which is hardly detectable.

Overall, I feel this is the perfect foundation for the upcoming summer months. It is lightweight, hydrating, natural looking and gives a buildable coverage (so you can make it look just the way you want it to), all in one. I do love this and will recommend this foundation to all.

Pros of Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation SPF 15:

  • Lightweight on the skin.
  • Buildable, goes from light all the way up to full coverage.
  • Long wearing.
  • Gives a natural and flawless appearance to the skin.
  • Moderately hydrating.
  • Sets on its own without the need to powder, perfect for dry skin.
  • Easy to blend.
  • Does not apply patchy or streaky.
  • Does not sink into pores or fine lines.
  • Does not accentuate dry patches.
  • Pretty packaging.

Cons of Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation SPF 15:

  • I do not like the dropper dispenser, would have preferred a pump instead.
  • Oily skin might need a couple of touch-ups throughout the day.

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